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marzo 2017

Iran’s Traction Syria A Greater Threat To Israel Than Isis.

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As world powers focus on toppling ISIS, Iran is quietly gaining traction in Syria – posing a direct threat to Israel, eastern Mediterranean countries and the entire Arabian Peninsula, according to National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz. The problem is: Israel has two challenges in Syria. One is ISIS and one is Iran. The greater threat is coming from Iran, and not just from its nuclear program. The most immediate and urgent threat is the Iranian plan to transform Syria, after this horrible, brutal civil war is over, into some kind of extension of Iran. With the end of the civil war in Syria ISrael and other countries of the Middle East are facing a serious problem. For example Syria will also become an Iranian military base. So Israel invited USA and Russia  to sit together and prevent this scenario. Israel and other countries have heard from President Donald Trump and his people that Iran should be contained, that Iran is destabilizing the entire Middle East and that Iran should stop and postpone its longer range inter-ballistic missiles.


Rivalry between Iraqi Kurdistan’s PUK and KDP over Kirkuk oil grows.

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Iraqi Kurdish politicians deny an incident involving armed men taking over oil company headquarters recently, has anything to do with political rivalry. But insiders say it does – and the problem is serious. But now that Kirkuk appears as good as in Kurdish hands, it is clear there are also internal tensions between the Kurds themselves. The rivalry between the region’s two major political parties over Kirkuk was recently highlighted when, on March 2, armed men entered the headquartersof the Iraqi oil company, North Oil, in Kirkuk. The office is in charge of sending the oil produced in Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey through the Ceyhan pipeline, from where it is exported to the rest of the world. On the surface, it seemed that it was the same old gripe, with Iraqi Kurdistan saying that Baghdad was not giving them enough return on oil produced in the northern region. But in reality this was also about an old gripe between the region’s two largest political parties, who basically share power in the region, splitting territory, military forces and parliamentary powers between them: the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, or PUK, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, or KDP.


HDP, DBP co-chairs to go on hunger strike against "inhumane treatment".

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Co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the Democratic Regions Party (DBP) will go on a hunger strike to protest against “inhumane treatment” in prison. Selahattin Demirtas said in a message addressed to the HDP and the public on Thursday (March 30) that he along with HDP deputy Abdullah Zeydan will start a hunger strike from March 31 due to the actions of a warden at Edirne Prison, where the HDP co-leader is currently being detained. HDP co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were jailed pending trial on November 4 after refusing to give testimony in a probe linked to “terrorist propaganda”. Separately, DBP co-chair Sebahat Tuncel who is imprisoned in Silivri Prison said she would also join the hunger strike with a group at the prison on 1-5 April until the demands of the hunger strikers are met. Turkish authorities accuse the opposition party, the HDP – which is the third-biggest grouping in parliament – of links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The HDP denies the accusations.


PM Habtoor said the US-Saudi aggression coalition targeted water resources in Yemen

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During a celebration on the World Water Day, organized by Ministry of Water and Environment in Sana’a, the Prime Minister Habtoor said the US-Saudi aggression coalition targeted water resources in Yemen, causing a terrible threat to Yemeni people lives and their future. He also condemned the silence of the Arab Summit and the international community for not stopping the US-Saudi aggression coalition war and for not moving to save Yemeni people from this aggression, which started two years ago.

Iran could make reliable partner for EU: Tehran.

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The Islamic Republic of Iran is able to make a most reliable partner for the European Union in the Middle East region, its Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Qassemi said that political and economic relations between Tehran and the EU had improved as a result of the conclusion of the 2015 nuclear deal and consultations between the two sides over other different issues. Iran is capable of fulfilling the economic demands of the EU as it can provide an intact market for investment following the removal of sanctions against the country under the nuclear deal, Qassemi added.  Elsewhere in his remarks, Qassemi warned that the EU was in a state of crisis and might even collapse as the bloc was facing several challenges, including the conflict in Ukraine, economic woes, refugee crisis, rise of far-right nationalist parties, Brexit, and terror threats. The EU needs to boost cooperation with key international players to overcome the challenges that have made the bloc’s economy and security more vulnerable, he added.

Al-Sisi asserts need of political solution in Libya.

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On Wednesday, President Al-Sisi has met the Prime minister of the GNA (Government of National Accord) Al-Sarraj. He stressed him to find a political solution to stabilize Libya. Egypt has recalled its sustained to Libyan forces. Al Sisi has concluded the meeting stressing Al-Sarraj to maintain the dialogue with Libyan Parliament (which means HoR-House of Representatives). Egypt had expressed last week it sustain to East Libyan forces, and has maybe sustain interventions of LNA (Libyan National Army) during the conflict in the Oil Crescent, so this meeting is a new sign from Egypt to renew the Libyan-Libyan dialogue after the events.

Yemen expresses disappointment at Arab Summit outcomes

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Following the Arab Summit held at the Dead Sea in Jordan a Foreign Ministry official expressed disappointment on the outcomes of the final statement of the Summit, which according to him ignored the peace process in Yemen and the daily killing of Yemeni civilians by the Saudi-led aggression coalition. The official added that the United Nations Security Council resolution 2216 legitimized the the Saudi-led aggression coalition war and their anti-humanitarian crimes in the country. In fine according to the yemeni official the Arab League has stood against the Yemeni people too.

Egypt: 'one of the biggest prisons for journalists'

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The Media aljazeera has published an article to complain against Egypt after the hundredth detention day of their journalist, Mahamoud Hussein in Egyptian prisons. Aljazeera recalled that on december 27, Al-Sisi has signed a new media law in which included the creation of Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media. A council with the authority to revoke press licences from foreign media and fine or suspend media organisations. That measure had been considered as a restriction to press freedom. 25 others journalists are still imprisoned for their act of journalism in Egypt. Egypt rank on the Reporters without Borders’ World Press Freedom index is passed at 159 on 180.

Juncker at Donald Trump’s support for the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hit back at Donald Trump’s support for the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union, saying that he would champion American states that wanted to secede from the union. “The newly elected U.S. president was happy that Brexit was taking place and was asking other countries to do the same”, Juncker told delegates from his pan-EU Christian Democrat group in Malta. “If he goes on like that, I’m going to promote the independence of Ohio and the exit of Texas”.

Turkey: New energy is needed in ties with the U.S.

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New energy is needed in ties with the U.S., the Turkish government has said during U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first official visit to the capital Ankara, voicing hope for “concrete steps” particularly in the fight against jihadists in Syria and the extradition of Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. “It’s vital for us to give a new energy to the Turkey-U.S. relationship. Turkey and the U.S. have an important role to play regarding the challenges they face. Our area of responsibility is not limited to our respective regions, it is about all problems and opportunities across the world. That’s why the Turkey-U.S. friendship should be stronger than ever”, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told a joint press conference with Tillerson in Ankara on March 30.

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